Friday, December 7, 2012

It's A...Nice Day For A....Steampunk Wedding

Admit it.  You heard Billy Idol singing the post title in your mind.

Last weekend I attended the wedding of some friends of ours.  But this wasn't a typical wedding.  The bride and groom are geeks like us and decided that they wanted a rather different wedding.  Their theme was Star Wars and steampunk, something they both loved!

How does this tie in to a blog about costuming, sewing, and creativity?  The bride had something particular in mind for her wedding dress and couldn't find one she liked.  Knowing my costuming and sewing skills, she asked me to make it.  Remember my last entry?  Yeah, that was about this dress.  She wanted something Victorian/Edwardian/Steampunk, and I'm proud to say that with her ideas and my pixie-powered sewing machine I was able to make it happen.  Three patterns were meshed together with some original ideas to make a one-of-a-kind wedding dress.

The rest of the wedding was just as unique.  The groom was in full steampunk regalia.

The unity candles had candleholders made from lightsaber hilts.

The groom and the groomsmen came into the room to the tune of the "Imperial March" from Star Wars, played by a pianist dressed in steampunk clothing.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen had their own rather unique outfits that went with the whole theme.

Before the bride came in the children walked through with seampunked bubble blowers while the Star Wars Cantina band music played.

Costumes weren't limited to the wedding party!  The guests were encouraged to also dress up in their best steampunk outfits.

Thankfully I have numerous costumes at home and was able to simply use things I already had to put together an outfit.  And yes, I made it myself.

A friend of the groom (and us also) put together and modified some Star Wars action figures to represent the steampunk theme of the wedding.

Even the cakes fit the theme!

After the wedding was over the reception began and it was just as unique as the wedding.  Besides eating and socializing the guests were given the chance to play Rock Band on the Playstation2 as well as the Munchkin card game.  It was certainly the most unique wedding I have ever been to!  And I've been to plenty.  However, this was the first wedding my children had ever been to, so to them this is normal.  They are growing up going to sci-fi conventions, so it just fits in with the normal craziness and strangeness of their lives.  It will be interesting to see what they think of a "typical" wedding, and if they think it's too boring!

I wish the greatest of blessings and a long, happy marriage to my friends, Lord Chad and Lady Christyn Sides!